Publish In A Day Workshop on April 4th

publishing workshop image lorinczHolly Lorincz and Brian Tibbetts will lead an e-publishing workshop on Saturday, April 4th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hoffman Center.  Tuition is $165.  Click here to register and pay online.

In this intensive one day workshop you’ll learn the necessary steps for self-publication in both ebook and print, and, more importantly, get your novel formatted and uploaded by the end of the day, with a personalized marketing plan in place. Please note, this is for text-only manuscripts (no internal images).

If you take this intensive, one-day workshop, by the end of the day you will have:

  • Formatted your novel to ebook and print specifications
  • Written an effective title and back cover copy
  • Uploaded your professionally formatted manuscript into Kindle and CreateSpace
  • Generated a basic marketing platform, with direction on how to build it up

VERY IMPORTANT! In order to take this class you will need:

A completed manuscript, in one Word document (not a pdf), with no internal images.

A basic understanding of how to use the tool bar functions in Word. (If you don’t know how to highlight, or cut and paste, this is not the class for you.)

A laptop with wifi capability.

If you want to have an ebook online by the end of class, you will need:

A professionally formatted bookcover (you will need a Kindle version and a print version).

A title, and a short description (usually same as the back copy), and a short author bio.

If you don’t want to use the free Amazon ISBN numbers, you will have to come with an ISBN from Bowker.

HOLLY LORINCZ is a literary agent with MacGregor Literary, and the owner of Lorincz Literary Services, an editing and publishing company which regularly works with NY Times Bestselling authors, as well as self-publishing authors. She is also an award winning novelist, a nationally recognized speaking coach, and a long-time writing instructor.

BRIAN TIBBETTS, is a literary agent with MacGregor Literary, and a long-time professional writer and editor with a background in real-world marketing and a Master’s Degree in Publishing from PSU.


If you are interested in mingling with the faculty the night before, we are offering a no-host bar “mixer” at the Neah-Kah-Nie Bistro on Friday night, from 7 pm to 9ish, April 3. Chip MacGregor will also be available for questions, one of the top selling literary agents in the United States.

If registrants stay at The Inn at Manzanita during the weekend of the workshop, they will receive a 15% discount off a two night stay.

AUTHOR>SPEAKER Workshop Saturday Nov. 16

HollyLorinczphoto (2)Have you ever stood at a microphone, trying to get your knees to stop shaking? Manzanita’s Hoffman Center routinely offers Open Mic nights to local authors, but let’s face it, not everyone is comfortable reading their work aloud. Or joking around with the audience. Or persuading them to buy their book.

Holly Lorincz, a published author, nationally recognized Speaking Coach, and a publishing consultant with one of the top literary agencies in the United States, MacGregor Literary, is offering a one-day workshop on Saturday, November 16th for all the writers in the area who want to practice talking to an audience. Her seminar, entitled AUTHOR>SPEAKER, will be at the Hoffman Center from 10 am to 2 pm and costs $59.  At 7 pm on the same evening, the Hoffman Center is hosting an Open Mic, directly after writer Christopher Lord reads from his works.

AUTHOR>SPEAKER will focus on the three marketing elements that authors, peering out from their writing cave, would rather avoid: the pitch appointment, the radio/tv/newspaper interview, or the public readings. She will offer tips and strategies on how to prepare for your book proposal pitch to agents or editors, brush you up on your interviewing skills, and get you ready to read your prose or poetry aloud for a group of breathing human beings. The workshop will also provide you the opportunity to receive constructive and helpful feedback on your individual material and speaking abilities.

Holly has spoken in front of audiences thousands of times, sometimes as an instructor, sometimes as an author reading from her works, sometimes as a guest speaker. She loves to read, write, and give speeches – she’s coached seven teenagers to become State Champions in Competitive Speech.

She’s been in the hot seat herself. She successfully pitched her novel at writing workshops — she now has an agent and her book is on the desk of various publishers. She also has been on the other side of the hot seat, as the literary agent rep listening to book proposal pitches. As part of her job at MacGregor Literary, Holly works with authors to prepare their manuscripts and pitches.

If you are interested in the AUTHOR>SPEAKER workshop, go to the Lorincz Literary website,, where you can register online or email Lorincz with your questions.

Novel Writing Workshop Rescheduled to Nov 3

The Novel Writing Workshop that was scheduled at the Hoffman Center this Saturday (9/15) has been canceled due to low registration numbers.

HOWEVER, the one-day workshop IS being RESCHEDULED for Saturday, November 3rd. This coincides with NaNoWriMo! National Novel Writing Month is a free national event, in which writers try to write a novel in one month, between the days of November 1 and November 30.

You don’t have to enter NaNoWriMo to take Holly Lorincz’s workshop, but what a fun way to start out the month of November!

If you are interested in the November 3, Novel Writing Workshop, 10-3 pm at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita, please pre-register at

Novel Writing Class Set for September 15

Holly Lorincz will lead a one-day workshop on Novel Writing, Saturday, Sep. 15, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita.

“Writing a Novel: Let’s Get Started” will detail and illustrate basic concepts to be considered as the writer begins to write. A guided brainstorming session will focus on understanding audience needs and wants; universally loved themes, conflicts and character types; developing compelling story and character arcs; scene placement; and the author’s message.

“The intent of this class is to help the writer create marketable art,” said Lorincz.

The workshop is designed for writers, 18 and older, considering or just beginning the process of writing a novel. Students younger than 18 must be approved by the instructor.

Interested writers can register by contacting Lorincz at or 503-868-1139. Tuition for the class is $65 at the door, or $60 if paid in advance. Send checks payable to the “Hoffman Center” to Novel Writing Workshop, c/o Hoffman Center, PO Box 678, Manzanita, OR 97130. Lorincz recently finished her first novel. Excerpts and a screenplay adaptation can be found on her website —

Save the Date for Strong Voices Writing Camp July 16-20

Young writers are encouraged to sign up for a new opportunity this summer.  STRONG VOICES is a writing camp for 14 to 20 year olds led by an accomplished writing teacher, culminating with a publication of the camp’s best writing and an Open Mic night.  The camp runs Monday through Thursday, July 16th through July 19th, (from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)  and culminates in an Open Mic for the community on Friday, July 20th from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Camp Description:  Do you ever find yourself ignored, suppressed or construed as inappropriate? Do you write witty, insightful Facebook posts that lead to unforeseen arguments? Or hand in a serious essay only to have the teacher think you’re mocking the assignment? Or do you just want to practice writing well?  Then this camp is for you.   Teacher/writer Holly Lorincz wlll help you use persuasive essay and short story formats to consciously craft a message and unique personal voice while understanding your impact on the reader.

Camp will feature lectures, guided writing times, as well as instructor and small group feedback. Journals, handbooks and writing utensils will be provided. Upon request, work will be scored as a h.s. portfolio entry.  Writers must provide lunch, transportation and $65 fee.

To reserve your spot mail the Strong Voices registration form with your check to the Hoffman Center, PO Box 678, Manzanita, OR 97130

Scholarship Established for Local Writer

Summer in Words, an annual writing conference on the Oregon coast is now affiliated with the Hoffman Center in Manzanita. As part of this affiliation, funds are being raised so that Holly , a Hoffman Center instructor, can attend the conference. Additionally, a raffle sponsored by the conference will support the Hoffman Center, including their summer arts camp where Lorincz will be teaching writing to teens.

The amount for her scholarship is $265. If additional funds are raised SIW will also offer Lorincz a manuscript critique by a developmental editor. In addition, raffle items related to writing are being accepted, with a special interest in a local business offering a writer’s retreat lodging on the Oregon coast.

Holly Lorincz grew up on the Columbia River and now lives on the north Oregon coast. She taught high school language arts for 15 years at Neah-Kah-Nie High School while at the same time coaching an award-winning speech and debate team. She was the Oregon Speech Educator of the year in 2007 and has twice received Outstanding Educator awards from the National Federation of High Schools. She helped the speech team grow from zero to forty members in a school with 200 students, achieved three State Championships with seven of her competitors earning individual State Champion trophies, and served on the Oregon Speech & Debate State Committee Board for ten years.

Two years ago, Holly was forced to leave teaching when she contracted mononucleosis. The underlying Epstein Barr Virus has morphed into Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, leaving her to battle physical and mental fatigue — a language arts specialist with a virus attached to her communications and short-term memory. No longer able to teach, she redefined herself as a novelist. Sometimes able to write only a sentence a day, sometimes a paragraph, but she writes. She dabbles in short story and poetry, loves writing children’s books with her six year old Auggie, and recently finished her first fiction novel, Smart Mouth.

Her website is at

Funds can be sent via PayPal or mailed to Summer in Words, P.O. Box 820141, Portland, OR 97282-1141. Contact Jessica Morrell at 503 287-2150 or for details about the scholarship or raffle. Donors will be included in the Summer in Words written program unless they wish to remain anonymous.

Summer in Words is an annual writing conference held on the Oregon Coast. Chelsea Cain is the keynote speaker joining a group of award-winning and stellar professionals for a weekend that will inspire writers at all levels. The theme for this year’s conference is Refinement, Resonance & Renewal. SIW provides aspiring and established writers the opportunity to hone their writing skills, hear inspiring advice, and network with fellow writers. Cost for all three days is $265.00; single day pricing is also available.

Both beginning and established writers are invited to attend the conference. SIW will also feature a raffle with proceeds going to Hoffman Center a facility that provides arts in Manzanita and Write Around Portland, an organization that helps people transform their lives through writing. The conference is located at the Hallmark Inn & Resort located in midtown Cannon Beach overlooking Haystack Rock. Cloud & Leaf Bookstore of Manzanita will be selling books at the event.

Visit any of the instructors’ websites or blogs:

Chelsea Cain

Sage Cohen

Jessica Glenn

Cathy Lamb

Jessica Morrell:

Naseem Rakha

Bruce Holland Rogers

The registration fee of $265 covers tuition for the three-day conference, Friday night’s reception, Saturday lunch and keynote, and light breakfasts each morning. Friday night’s Writer’s Reception and the Saturday lunch and keynote are $25.

About Summer in Words: Founded in 2008 by Jessica Morrell Summer in Words was created to provide writers with an intimate conference experience in an uplifting setting so that attendees are energized, enlightened, and inspired. Jessica Morrell is the author of five books for writers and Voices From the Street which is about homeless people in Portland, Oregon





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